BY RYAN ABER
Five former Mid-Del standouts will be playing in the NCAA Women’s Tournament, which begins Saturday.
Midwest City is the only team in the state with three alums whose teams are playing in the tournament—Ashley Clark (Tulsa), Richa Jackson (Duke) and Kaylon Williams (Oklahoma). Williams suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in October and is out for the season.
Clark, a freshman, is averaging 5.8 points in 20.2 minutes for the Golden Hurricane. Jackson, a junior, averages 5.6 points for the Blue Devils.
Del City has a pair of alums playing in the tournament—Oklahoma State senior Toni Young and Fresno State freshman Toni Smith.
Young, the Cowboys leading scorer, averages 15.9 points and 10.1 rebounds. Smith ahs played sparingly as a freshman, averaging 4.6 minutes per game in 17 games.
Smith’s teammate, Cache’s Taylor Thompson, is a starter for the Bulldogs and averages 10.2 points.
Fresno State is the only out-of-state team in the tournament with more than one Oklahoman on the roster. South Carolina features Norman’s Ashley Bruner and former NEO standout Wilka Mountout.
The other two state high schools with multiple representatives in the tournament are Shawnee and Tulsa Washington.
Tulsa freshman Kelsee Grovey was a regular starter a year after helping Shawnee to the Class 5A title. Grovey averages 10.5 points per game.
Taylor Cooper, who teamed with Grovey on that state title team a year ago, has also had a big impact as a freshman, starting every game and averaging 10.2 points.
Tulsa Washington’s Taleya Mayberry averages 18.7 points for Tulsa while former teammate Kamri Anderson, a junior, averages 8.0 minutes per game for Oklahoma State.
Here’s a look at all the Oklahoma high school alums in the women’s tournament and their first-round opponents:
Oklahoma: Sharane Campbell (Star Spencer), Kaylon Williams (Midwest City) vs. Central Michigan, 10:10 a.m. Saturday*
Oral Roberts: Emma Gade (Stillwater), Taylor Cooper (Shawnee), Christian Key (Victory Christian), Kevi Luper (Adair), Elisabeth Daniels (OKC Knights), Jaci Bigham (McAlester), Jenni Bryan (Coweta), Felecia Achilefu (Tulsa East Central) vs. Tennessee, 12:30 p.m. Saturday*
UCLA: Alyssia Brewer (Sapulpa) vs. Stetson, 12:30 p.m. Saturday*
Texas A&M: Courtney Walker (EdmondSanta Fe) vs. WichitaState: Alie Decker (Edmond Memorial), 3:05 p.m. Saturday
South Carolina: Ashley Bruner (Norman) vs. South DakotaState, 3:10 p.m. Saturday
Fresno State: Taylor Thompson (Cache), Toni Smith (Del City) vs. Cal, 3:20 p.m. Saturday
Kansas: Angel Goodrich (Sequoyah-Tahlequah) vs. Colorado, 5:30 p.m. Saturday
Duke: Richa Jackson (Midwest City) vs. Hampton, 11:05 a.m. Sunday
Oklahoma State: Kamri Anderson (Tulsa Washington), Liz Donohoe (Edmond North), LaShawn Jones (Putnam City), Kendra Suttles (Lawton), Morgan Toben (Owasso), Toni Young (Del City) vs. DePaul, 1:30 p.m. Sunday
Tulsa: Kadan Brady (Healdton), Ashley Clark (Midwest City), Kelsee Grovey (Shawnee), Taleya Mayberry (Tulsa Washington), Mariah Turner (Norman North), Antoinet Webster (Western Heights) vs. Stanford, 4:20 p.m. Sunday
Prairie View A&M: Deanna Moore (Muskogee) vs. Baylor, 6:30 p.m. Sunday*
*In Oklahoma City regional